We’ve all been affected by acne at some point. As a person who has battled with acne her whole life, I know just how stressful, frustrating, and debilitating it can be. However, I’ve found that once you understand acne physiologically, it have less power over you. It’s a condition, it doesn’t define your worth! This post will not only help you to correctly identify acne, it’ll help you strategize treating current breakouts and prevent new ones, too!
What is Acne?
By definition acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face.
Acne can come in many forms. It’s so important to know how to identify what kind of acne you’re dealing with. Below I’ve listed various types of acne (all of which I’ve struggled with photo proof included).
Whitehead – a pale or white-topped plug of sebum in a pore under the skin
Blackhead – plug of sebum in a pore, open to the surface of the skin, darkened by oxidation
Papule – a small, raised, solid pimple or swelling (not always pus producing)
Pustule – a small blister or pimple on the skin containing pus
Cyst – pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin, involving more than one pore
Do not pick or pop your current acne! I know it can be tempting, but this is how scarring and spreading occurs. Plus, the bacteria from your hands can make your acne worse. Reducing inflammation through diet is extremely important. It can take over two weeks for your skin to reflect the positive diet improvements so be patient loves. For more information on recipes designed to support the skin, check out my #Eattoglow Meal Plan.
There are many ways to prevent acne from occurring. Among the most important are having a consistent skincare routine, and limiting pore-clogging products and makeup. Treatment masks can also do wonders. Read my blog post for more information on nontoxic peels.
You’re Beautiful. No Matter What
Self-love is important, and I know acne can make it so difficult to look in the mirror and truly love what’s reflected. I want to remind you loves that no matter what our skin looks like, you are beautiful and valuable! I hope this post helps you in your journey of overcoming acne. If you ever have any questions, know I’m here to help and am just a DM away! Be sure to download my Acne Skincare Guide, which is full of actionable tips on how to treat current breakouts and prevent new ones!